alex's list of scary movies (really) 2011

by alex_h7 | created - 14 Mar 2011 | updated - 17 Apr 2012 | Public

in no particular order, also take a look at my list of "horror movies not to watch", and other lists

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1. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 74,339 | Gross: $16.81M

Very similar to "Darkness Falls" but this movie is much better acted and much scarier.

2. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 60,740

3. Event Horizon (1997)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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35 Metascore

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson

Votes: 132,871 | Gross: $26.67M

This is on a lot of horror lists, and there is a reason why. Solid performances, and it takes place in space. Awesome.

4. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 295,430 | Gross: $96.52M

Nicole Kidman and the rest of the cast were great in this movie. Creeped me out.

5. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.0
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 65,511 | Gross: $12.63M

Interesting film by Rob Zombie. Reminiscent of movies like Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Twisted and creepy.

2005 sequel is decent, but entirely different, and also not as enjoyable or original.

6. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 171,285 | Gross: $26.02M

The 2009 sequel isn't bad, but this original 2005 film is much better.

7. Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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64 Metascore

A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller

Votes: 324,207 | Gross: $80.05M

Filmed in Blair Witch/First person perspective. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, or if this fits in with horror or sci-fi.. but I enjoyed it.

8. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.0
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15 Metascore

A group of tourists arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen, Kurt Loder

Votes: 31,974 | Gross: $26.44M

Wasn't expecting much from this movie. It was a nice surprise.

9. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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67 Metascore

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas

Votes: 66,363 | Gross: $21.13M

Solid movie about ghosts. I remember thinking.. Kevin Bacon? Horror? Well it worked, plenty of scary moments.

10. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

7.5
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70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 157,207 | Gross: $2.40M

Awesome. No hesitation at all the recommend this movie, or it's sequel "Evil Dead II". Both films feature Sam Raimi's style of horror with a bit of comedy. Creepy nonetheless.

The 3rd movie in the series "Army of Darkness".. Is more of a comedy/fantasy.

11. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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83 Metascore

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver

Votes: 168,582 | Gross: $42.10M

Another Sam Raimi horror film. If you enjoy the Evil Dead series you will also enjoy this. Some Raimi comedy as well, and some good scares.

12. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 198,325 | Gross: $107.92M

Awesome awesome. Seems that people either love it or hate it. Both the original and sequel are very entertaining and scary.

13. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 155,934

Creepy creepy creepy. It's a slow moving film but kept me interested the entire time.

14. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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82 Metascore

When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 309,279 | Gross: $232.91M

Sure probably everyone has seen this, but just in case, here's your reminder.

15. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 55,132

The original Japanese film is still the best of the series. I would watch this, and not waste time on the rest of the sequels/remake.

16. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 34,851 | Gross: $0.33M

Another Japanese horror film to make it on my list. Enjoyable and creepy. Forget about the english remake starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

17. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 34,818

18. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 48,557 | Gross: $8.95M

19. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 21,689